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Holiday Events on Atlantic Avenue Bring Cheer and Special Deals to All

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Date: December 11, 2019 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant  Email: pr@atlanticave.org  Holiday Events on Atlantic Avenue Bring Cheer and Special Deals to All Brooklyn, New York– December 11, 2019 -Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) celebrated with various events and programming in December. Visitors to the avenue enjoyed shopping and dining between 4th Avenue to Hicks Street with special deals and offers from local businesses during the ‘Walk the Windows’ Event. On Saturday, December 7, 2019, patrons were able to spend the day walking along Atlantic Avenue enjoying free holiday-themed events from merchants and lively indoor performances from Crunch and singers. Free events included Wine Tasting from Grape Hill Liquors at 501A Atlantic Avenue, Live Music and Holiday Treats from ARCO New York Hair Salon at 385 Atlantic Avenue and Free School Tour from CHALK Preschool of Cobble Hill at 112 Atlantic Avenue. Santa happily walked down the avenue to greet and take photos with excited children and adults.  This year’s Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Window Judging Competition was held on Tuesday, December 3rd. The judges walked along Atlantic Avenue to view holiday decorated windows and choose the winners. This year’s judges were notable artists Karen Gibbons, Deborah Kass, Chris Piazza, Diana Jensen, and Patricia Cronin. This year’s awards went to First Place, Optimum Health Physical Therapy located at 477 Atlantic Avenue, Second Place, Out of the Closet located at 475 Atlantic Avenue and Third Place, Collier West located at 377A Atlantic Avenue. The Honorable Mentions were Sahadi’s, 187 Atlantic Avenue for “If You Weren’t Here We Would All Cry/Traditional,” Barber’s Philosophy, 74 Nevins Street for “Best Groomed,” Someday Bar, 364 Atlantic Avenue for “Best Humor (Drunk Santa),” and The Sterling School, 134 Atlantic Avenue for “Most Adorable.” Atlantic Avenue’s 2019 Window Winners were announced during the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony & Party on December 5th. Children, families, and community leaders gathered at St. Cyril Belarusian Church from 6-8pm for a night filled with performances from local public schools: P.S.38 The Pacific School, P.S. 8 The Robert Fulton School, P.S. 261 Phillip Livingston, International Charter School of New York (ICS), Public School 133 and Brooklyn High School of the Arts. Also, there were sponsor giveaways, prizes and a visit from Santa Claus. Refreshments and small bites, all donated from local Atlantic Avenue businesses, were served to the guests as they enjoyed a dance party from DJ Tyler B from Infinity Music Entertainment. AALDC celebrates its Annual Holiday Toy Drive with supporting local homeless shelters Providence House and Arbor Inn. AALDC also partnered with Councilman Stephen Levin for his Annual Holiday Toy Drive. Toy Donations will be given to children living in the Gowanus, Wyckoff and Warren House. The deals are still happening on Atlantic Avenue. AALDC invites everyone to take advantage of the special offers provided by participating businesses along Atlantic Avenue for the Shop & Dine Promotion. Walk down the avenue and complete your Christmas list for your family and friends until December 15th. A big thank you to our holiday sponsors and media partners: Mount Sinai Doctors- Brooklyn Heights & Urgent Care, Crunch, Out of the Closet, Con Edison, Miss Jessie’s, CityMD, HomeLight, Schneps Media, Park Slope Courier, Caribbean Life, Brooklyn Paper, NY Daily News, DeSales Media Group. For a full updated list of sponsors, please visit http://www.atlanticave.org/holidaysponsors For more information about AALDC’s holiday events, please visit www.atlanticave.org/holidays ### Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email pr@atlanticave.org. Please credit all photos to Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation...

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Visit Atlantic Avenue for Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Free Events, Treats, and Santa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Date: December 4, 2019 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant  Email: pr@atlanticave.org    Visit Atlantic Avenue for Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, Free Events, Treats, and Santa   Brooklyn, NY– Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) will host their annual holiday events this week! Every year, AALDC welcomes the community to come out and enjoy the festivities. On Thursday, December 5th from 6-8pm, the community is invited to attend the Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Party. The event is free to the public and will take place at the St. Cyril of Turov Belarusian Church, located at 401 Atlantic Avenue. The Tree Lighting Party will be kicked off with the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony officiated by New York Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon and Council Member Stephen T. Levin at 6pm sharp. All in attendance can get into the holiday spirit and enjoy live performances from local public schools, including P.S. 38, P.S. 133, International Charter School of New York, P.S. 8, P.S. 261 and Brooklyn High School of the Arts. Since Christmas is a couple of weeks away, Santa Claus will make an appearance and greet the community. Attendees will dance to the latest tunes provided by DJ Tyler B of Infinity Music Entertainment. This event is open to the public for all to enjoy. Following the live musical performances, attendees will be able to enjoy refreshments and complimentary food donated by some of our local Atlantic Avenue Merchants such as Brado Thin Crust Pizza, Sahadi’s, Trader Joe’s,The Soul Spot Restaurant, Hollow Nickel and Moon Cafe. The holiday fun on Atlantic Avenue continues as the AALDC invites everyone to enjoy the avenue as there will be special deals and promotions from local businesses as part of the Shop & Dine Promotion. Starting December 1st-15th, Atlantic Avenue merchants will offer 10% off selected items and/or other special deals within their businesses for any gift ideas for family and friends. For a full list of discounts, please visit  http://atlanticave.org/shopanddine As the festive windows decorate the avenue, patrons will be able to enjoy AALDC’s ‘Walk the Windows’ event on Saturday, December 7th. Participating Atlantic Avenue businesses will host in-store holiday themed events & offers from 11am-7pm. They will have red balloons within their storefront to indicate they’re a part of the event. From 11:30am-3:30pm, AALDC will have a DJ Frank Posa of Powerhouse Entertainment, live performances, $1 sweet treats, and Santa at the Belarusian Church, 401 Atlantic Avenue. For a full updated list of events & offers within the ‘Walk the Windows’ event, please visit www.atlanticave.org/walkthewindows A warm thank you to our holiday sponsors and media partners: Mount Sinai Doctors Brooklyn Heights & Urgent Care, Miss Jessie’s, Schneps Media, Park Slope Courier, Brooklyn Paper, AM New York, The Villager, Caribbean Life, DeSales Media Group, The Tablet, Nuestra Voz, and NY Daily News. For the list of sponsors, please visit http://www.atlanticave.org/holidaysponsors To learn more about the Shop & Dine Promotion, please visit www.atlanticave.org/shopanddine. For more information about the Walk the Windows Event, please visit www.atlanticave.org/walkthewindows. Stay updated on all the latest Atlantic Avenue Holiday Events by visiting www/atlanticave.org and the Atlantic Avenue Holiday Blog http://atlanticave.org/category/atlantic-avenue-blog/ ### Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email...

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The 45th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival Brought Out Thousands to Celebrate Tradition, Family Fun, and Food

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: October 15, 2019 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org The 45th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival Brought Out Thousands to Celebrate Tradition, Family Fun, and Food Brooklyn, New York – October 15, 2019– The largest and oldest street festival in Brooklyn, the Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival, produced by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) took place on a breezy fall day on September 29, 2019. This year’s festival celebrated 45 years in existence. The mile- long festival through neighborhoods Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Downtown Brooklyn welcomed all to partake in the festivities. With hundreds of vendors and Atlantic Avenue merchants, there was something for everyone to love such as southern food favorites and handmade products. New additions and activities within the Kids Zone, sponsored by Maimonides Children’s Hospital was a treat for the kids as they enjoyed bounce houses, pony rides, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, a beyblade competition, and arts & crafts. The 12 live entertainment stages featured performances from local musicians and acts. On the Atlantic Antic™ Main Stage, the Amber-Aba Orchestra featuring Belly Dancers, a long standing tradition of the festival, had attendees clapping and cheering. The LASEEN Dream Fund presented performances by the New York Arabic Orchestra, Dabka Team Dancers, and Magd Alsaedah. The  Atlantic Antic™ Community Stage, sponsored by CityMD, included performances by Brooklyn Ballet and Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra. The Eighth Annual Ambassador Award was presented to CEO and YWCA President Martha Kamber on this year’s Atlantic Antic™ Community Stage in recognition for her outstanding achievements of helping low-income women and domestic violence survivors. Many elected officials attended the festival to show support and speak on the stage such as Assembly Members Walter T. Mosley and Jo Anne Simon, Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, NYC Mayor’s Office Chief of Staff Lincoln Restler, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams. Although the Atlantic Antic™ may be over, there is still much to enjoy on Atlantic Avenue with AALDC’s Shop, Dine, and Explore promotion from October 6th-October 20th. Special deals and giveaways are provided by several Atlantic Avenue merchants as part of this ‘Pulse of Brooklyn’ promotion. For more details on the offers, please visit https://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/pulseofbrooklyn/ The 45th Annual Atlantic Antic™ sponsors included Maimonides Medical Center, Maimonides Children’s Hospital, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, CityMD, Con Edison, Crunch Fitness, Emblem Health, AdvantageCare Physicians, Pixel Academy, NYC Ferry, Brooklyn Solarworks, Gramercy Pediatric Dentistry, Dodge YMCA, and many more who provide their support. This year’s Media Sponsors include NY Daily News, Metro NY, Schneps Media, Park Slope Courier, Caribbean Life, Brooklyn Paper, QNS.com, TheVillager.com, DeSales Media Group, Luster, Topi, WCBS-FM 101.1, BRIC/Brooklyn Free Speech, and TGI Office Automation. For our expanded list of sponsors, please visithttps://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/sponsors/ ### Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org or call (718) 875-8993. The holiday season is approaching and the AALDC will have the Merchant Window Judging Competition and Annual Atlantic Avenue Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Party. More details on the events will be provided in the upcoming weeks. Support the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program and make a difference for children and families in our community by visiting...

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The Atlantic Antic™ Festival Celebrates Milestone of 45 Years of Community, Entertainment, and History

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: September 19, 2019 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org The Atlantic Antic™ Festival Celebrates Milestone of 45 Years of Community, Entertainment, and History Brooklyn, New York – September 19, 2019– The Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival, presented by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) returns to celebrate 45 years on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 12pm to 6pm, rain or shine. Celebrating over four decades in existence, Brooklyn’s largest and oldest street festival spans over 10 blocks along Atlantic Avenue from Fourth Avenue to the Waterfront. It covers the diverse neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, and Downtown Brooklyn. There will be hundreds of vendors and local Atlantic Avenue Merchants taking part in the festivities. Maimonides Children’s Hospital is this year’s Official Kids Zone Sponsor where families can enjoy fun entertainment for their little ones.There will be bounce houses, pony rides, face painting, and much more to experience. For additional  information on this sponsor, please visit https://www.maimonidesmed.org/maimonides-infants-and-childrens-hospital/childrens-hospital-home For the first time, AALDC will team up with Luster, a company dedicated to providing event goers with personal photo keepsakes to remember their experiences. They will have hashtag printers on site for guests to receive printouts of their photo. Attendees will take a photo on Instagram or Twitter and use the hashtag ‘#pulseofbrooklyn’. Festival attendees would pay a minimum donation of $1 at the AALDC booth, located between 3rd & 4th Avenue and then go next door to Luster’s booth to collect their photo printout. All proceeds donated will go to the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program. For more information about the program, please visit https://atlanticave.org/our-programs/scholarships/ This year, Peroni Nastro Azzurro will be the Official Beer Sponsor of the festival.To learn more about Peroni Nastro Azzurro, please visit http://www.peroniitaly.com/ Every year, music and special programming electrify each block of the festival as Atlantic Avenue Merchants bring engaging live performances to the neighborhood. This year’s stages include a wide range of genres including Pop, Rock, Gospel, and Hip-Hop. There will be children’s dance performances, live bands, and orchestras. City MD-Urgent Care returns as the official Community Stage Sponsor for this year’s Atlantic Antic Festival. For a full list of performances and schedules of the Atlantic Antic stages, please visit https://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/schedule/ The 45th Annual Atlantic Antic™ sponsors include Maimonides Medical Center, Maimonides Children’s Hospital, Peroni Nastro Azzurro, CityMD, Con Edison, Crunch Fitness, Emblem Health, AdvantageCare Physicians, Pixel Academy, NYC Ferry, Brooklyn Solarworks, Gramercy Pediatric Dentistry, Dodge YMCA, and many more who provide their support. This year’s Media Sponsors include NY Daily News, Metro NY, Schneps Media, Park Slope Courier, Caribbean Life, Brooklyn Paper, QNS.com, TheVillager.com, DeSales Media Group, Luster, Topi, WCBS-FM 101.1, BRIC/Brooklyn Free Speech, and TGI Office Automation. For our expanded list of sponsors, please visit https://atlanticave.org/atlantic-antic/sponsors/ ### Note to Editors: For more information and/or hi-res images, please contact pr@atlanticave.org or call (718)...

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CEO and President of YWCA Brooklyn Martha Kamber will be Recognized as the Eighth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador

CEO and President of YWCA Brooklyn Martha Kamber will be Recognized as the Eighth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: August 19, 2019 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org CEO and President of YWCA Brooklyn Martha Kamber will be Recognized as the Eighth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Brooklyn, New York – August 19, 2019 –  Chief Executive Officer and President of the YWCA Brooklyn Martha Kamber will be recognized as the Eighth Annual Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award recipient at the 45th Annual Atlantic Antic™ Festival. This award, presented annually by the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC), will take place for the first time ever on the Atlantic Antic™ Community Stage, located on Atlantic Avenue, between 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue, on Sunday, September 29th, 2019 at 2:20pm. Martha Kamber has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of the YWCA Brooklyn for the past 12 years where she built over 300 units of affordable, permanent homes for low-income women and homeless survivors of domestic violence. Martha Kamber also built a new Social Justice Community Center dedicated to gender equity and racial justice which is utilized by over 100 nonprofit and civic groups in Brooklyn.  Martha Kamber led the development of the organization’s community programs including: college access; immigrant services; economic empowerment; wellness and trauma-informed programming. She is also recognized for her leading advocacy in the areas of racial justice and gender equality.  Martha Kamber has over thirty-five years of nonprofit management experience and has worked extensively in the areas of women’s empowerment, gender-based violence prevention, affordable housing, public health, education and advocacy. She holds advanced certificates in executive nonprofit leadership from the Harvard Business School and Columbia University as well as a master’s degree in education from Brooklyn College.  Martha Kamber is on the board of the National Association of YWCA Executives, the YWCA World Service Council, the Atlantic Avenue Business Improvement District, and Community Board 7. She is also the former Vice President of UN Women, New York Metro Chapter. She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the 2018 Public Service Award from the Brooklyn Borough President and the Shirley Chisholm Woman of Distinction Award from the NY City Council. Martha lives in Sunset Park, Brooklyn where she is active in various neighborhood initiatives. The Atlantic Avenue Ambassador Award is presented annually by the AALDC to a community leader of businessperson who has contributed outstandingly in enhancing the cultural and economic development of Atlantic Avenue and its surrounding areas. The First Annual Ambassador Award honored Atlantic Avenue business owner Charlie Sahadi in 2011, followed by District Attorney Charles Hynes in 2013, Assembly Member Joan L. Millman in 2014, AALDC Co-Vice President and Community Leader Sue Wolfe in 2015, Council Member Stephen T. Levin in 2018, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon in 2017, and New York State Senator Velmanette Montgomery in 2018. The AALDC is a nonprofit organization committed to economic development, cultural enrichment and historic preservation of the Atlantic Avenue area and surrounding community. For more information on the AALDC, please visit www.atlanticave.org or call 718-875-8993. ### Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email...

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New Opportunities for Local Youth: Fortnite Mechanics, Movie Making, and Lacrosse

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: June 3, 2019 Contact: Shantal Marshall, Communications & PR Assistant Email: pr@atlanticave.org The online game Fortnite has taken the world by storm. Playing the game is immersive and cool and wouldn’t it be just as great to learn how the game works from the inside out? Or how about learning the art of filmmaking and movie production from A to Z? What about learning cool skills such as scooping, passing, and cradling in a game of lacrosse? All of these opportunities were available through program partners for the Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation (AALDC) Youth Community Scholarship Program. The AALDC Scholarship Program gives children the opportunity to attend programs in the five Brooklyn neighborhoods of Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Fort Greene, Downtown Brooklyn, and Clinton Hill. Families who have limited financial resources receive priority scholarships. AALDC provides funding for children who live or attend school in Brooklyn Public School Districts 13 and 15. These local youth have the opportunity to attend a variety of enriching programs. The Youth Community Scholarship Program’s focus is to provide local youth the chance to experience programs that will allow them to learn, create, and flourish. Last year, through the AALDC’s scholarship program, a ‘diamond in the rough’ was discovered. The scholarship recipient attended Creative Arts Studio, a Brooklyn based partner offering classes in dance, drama, music, and art. They discovered a hidden talent that was yet to be explored in Hip Hop Dance. The next Bill Gates, Beyonce, or Spike Lee can be recipients of the AALDC scholarship program. They are only able to have these opportunities to explore their hidden talents with the generous support of the AALDC Scholarship Program. For more information on how you can donate to support the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program, please view the AALDC Youth Community Scholarship Program Commercial, visit our website http://www.atlanticave.org, contact scholarships@atlanticave.org or call (718) 875-8993. ### Note to Editors: For further press information and high-resolution images, please call 718-875-8993 or email pr@atlanticave.org. Please credit all photos to Atlantic Avenue Local Development Corporation...

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